'We were lucky to draw' says Capello after England stink out Wembley
Published 23:21 12/10/10 By Darren Lewis
Fabio Capello's flops were booed off after stinking the place out against Montenegro - but he told fans: "We were lucky to draw."
Peter Crouch blew the best chance of the first half and England were almost humiliated late on when defender Milan Jovanovic hit the bar for the Group G leaders.
Capello said afterwards: "At the moment Montenegro is a wonderful team. A really compact team which works a lot, runs a lot.
"Technically, they're a normal team. This game, usually... we were lucky because they had one shot at goal and it hit the bar.
"The other games that they played, they had two shots and scored each time. So we were lucky."
The draw - which had shades of Algeria at the World Cup - was even more embarrassing as Montenegro were without their best player, striker Mirko Vucinic, who was injured.
It leaves England with work to do as only the Group winners qualify automatically for Euro 2012.
Capello's men, who have played a game less than Montenegro, now face Wales on March 26 next year.
The Italian insisted he had no regrets about not walking away from the job after being vilified for England's poor World Cup in South Africa.
He added: "No. I'm a fighter. It's one game. We have to play five games more. I think we are a good team. This is one game. This is usually what happens when you play, for me, not so normal a game.
"But, we created chances. The goalkeeper was Montenegro's best player. We have to accept this. This is football. It's not boxing where you win by punching the opponent more.
"Sometimes little countries produce good players, and sometimes for big players it does not happen the same. Psychologically, they're on a real high at the moment.
"They've won their last three games. They played here stronger, compact, and the quality of their play was really good. But against Algeria we didn't create a lot. Tonight we did and their goalkeeper was really good."
To rub salt into the wound England were denied a clear penalty 12 minutes from time when defender Milan Jovanovic handled in the box.
German referee Manuel Grafe, on the advice of his linesman dismissed the appeal.
And Capello also saw Wayne Rooney continue his poor run of just two goals for club and country - one from open play - stretching back to March last season.
Wembley was again short of its 90,000 capacity last night with just 73,400 seeing this drab draw.
They did witness, however, the debut of Bolton striker Kevin Davies who - at 33 - became England's oldest debutant since 1950.
Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole also reached a milestone as he joined Kenny Sansom as England's most-capped left-back with his 86th appearance for his country.